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‘Ronaldo was the best player, no doubts’ – Portugal star’s FIFA snub surprises Santos – football news

Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a double injustice at the Best FIFA Football Awards, according to Portugal coach Fernando Santos, after he missed out on both Best Player and Best Goal.

Luka Modric became the first player other than Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the Best FIFA Footballer of the Year award since Kaka in 2007.

The Croatian captained his side to their first ever World Cup final and was voted the tournament’s best player, picking up the Golden Ball.

But Santos has spoken out at the decision to give the midfielder the Player of the Year honour over Ronaldo, suggesting his captain and talisman was unfairly beaten into second place.

He is quoted in Marca as saying: “If you ask me if Modric is a great player, I answer yes, and that’s why I voted for Modric in second place. Now, if you ask me who is the best player and who it was at this time, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, I have no doubts about that.

“He scored 50 goals, which was valid a year ago, two years ago, and three years ago. It seems that suddenly it stopped being ‘it’.”

Santos was equally baffled by the decision to overlook Ronaldo for the Puskas award, with the prize instead going to fellow Best Player nominee Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo was nominated for his Champions League quarter-final bicycle kick against current employers Juventus, but was beaten by Salah’s curling effort in last season’s Merseyside derby – a decision that has drawn widespread criticism.

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Santos was a vocal member of the aggrieved: “When the best player in the world does not win a prize, there is something very strange.”

The ceremony, held in London, was as notable for its absentees as it was for its award recipients. Neither Ronaldo nor Messi were in attendance, with the latter being omitted from the nominations entirely despite another prolific season in which he outscored his Portuguese rival at club level.

Both players, however, were named alongside Modric as part of the FIFPro World XI.

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Inzaghi: Juve the best team in Europe with Ronaldo – football news

Juventus are the best team in Europe with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Bologna coach Filippo Inzaghi.

Ronaldo, 33, joined Juve in a blockbuster move from Real Madrid in July and has scored three goals in six games since arriving in Turin.

Juve have won seven straight Serie A titles and reached two of the past four Champions League finals and Massimiliano Allegri’s men are perfect through five league games this season.

Inzaghi, whose team visit Juve on Wednesday, believes the Serie A leaders may be the best team in Europe with their new star man. 

“Juventus are entirely dominant in Italy and in Europe were so close to winning the Champions League,” he said on Tuesday.

“With Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, Juventus are the best team in Europe or at least one of the best teams. But that’s nothing new because everybody knows it.

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“As I said before, we’ll need to be perfect against Juventus. We hope to surprise everyone as it happened against Roma. We did it once, so now we can repeat it.

“But we know that it will be very difficult.”

Bologna are in the relegation zone after claiming four points from five games, but they stunned Roma 2-0 last time out.

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